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Comment: Re:ASCAP and BMI (Score 1) 212

by gumbi west (#49475277) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

You weight to avoid this. So if a station has a 10% chance of getting into the sample, you multiply it's results by 10. If a station has a 100% chance (say some huge NYC station) you multiply it's results by 1. This is how estimation via sampling works. Survey methodology is a real field and it's not occupied by idiots as you seem so willing to believe.

Comment: Re:Work made for hire (Score 1) 212

by gumbi west (#49475259) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

No arguing there, and that's probably how they are paid. When the firm decides if it should make an additional album (so, this would be a low level star group, they always make as many huge star songs as they can get from them), they have to think about how much it will cost and how much money they will make. If they think it will make more money than it will cost, they probably make the album / song.

Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 3, Informative) 212

by gumbi west (#49467985) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

There are a lot of people besides artists who work hard to make music. There are many jobs that need to be done. It's like a movie--think of how many people you could name that work on a movie vs how many appear in the credits. Yes, the people you could name get paid more, but everyone else in the industry still would rather have that money to do that movie job than some other job.

Human's have a tendency to focus on the obvious (the star, in this case) and not to think about the everything else--but it's still there, even if we don't think about it. It's like dark matter and dark energy in that way, I guess.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 349

by gumbi west (#49467609) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

Hi, can you explain what you mean by this, "Government should not be concerned with redistributing wealth (which is almost wholly unrelated to the legitimate social responsibility of caring for the poor and needy)."?

Also, progressivity has decines quite a bit in the US over the last 40 years.

and there are good reasons to want a progressive system https://www.aeaweb.org/article...

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 1) 440

by gumbi west (#49467553) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

Ok, when did regulation help with communication. Let's see. maybe when we all payed taxes and then funded the creations of TCP/IP and arpanet. Just throwing that one out there.

Another time government regulation was good--when we didn't allow banks to do anything but be boring with deposit accounts and loans. These rules were lifted in the late 90s and slow but steady growth was turned into an erratic economy.

Comment: Re:Is it REALLY cheating? Test to teach. (Score 1) 114

In my favorite case we got a study guide with several sample essay questions on it and then the difference between the study guide and the final was that the header had been changed from "study guide" to "final exam". I had guessed this and even suggested it to several others in the class. I even went so far as to write essays for each question. Everyone else thought I was nuts but, unfortunately for them, the "curve" was to set the highest score to 100 with no care for the number of As, Bs, Cs, ... too bad for them.

Comment: Re:In contrast to DockPort (Score 1) 392

by gumbi west (#49230525) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

The problem with USB is the S for serial. The connection always has to make space for other devices on the bus to talk and that really brings down maximum bandwitdh for any individual device. So while USB 2.0 hi-speed (remember that debacle) may have high bandwidth, the amount available for, e.g. a single drive, was much lower than the theoretical max.

Comment: Re:You keep using that word.... (Score 1) 445

Can you point me to some evidence that the iPhone is invading my privacy? Again, the Android literally can record my conversations without my knowledge--and I can't turn that off in the settings without violating my agreement with the telco and rooting the machine.

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